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Fabrice Muamba cardiac arrest used in British Heart Foundation advert

Muamba's cardiac arrest to be shown in new British Heart Foundation TV advert

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Cardiac arrest: Muamba is treated on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March 2012

Cardiac arrest: Muamba is treated on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March 2012

Cardiac arrest victim Patrice Muamba helps to promote the Great…

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The 39-second ad is to be shown on ITV and Channel 4 from Saturday, and Sky Sports during the Tottenham and Manchester City match on Sunday.

Medics had to give Muamba 15 shocks to get his heart pumping again when he collapsed during an FA Cup clash with Tottenham last March.

The advert shows players – including Spurs' William Gallas and Benoit Assou-Ekotto – looking distressed as Muamba lies motionless on the pitch.

Speaking over the emotional scenes, BHF Research Professor Mark Kearney tells viewers: 'I hate my job. I hate the misery heart disease brings.

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

Tributes: Football fans around the world joined forces to wish Muamba well

'It lurks among the places you least expect – it takes the young and the fit and it does not discriminate. But we are fighting back.'

Bolton's club doctor Dr Jonathan Tobin revealed Muamba was 'effectively dead' for 78 minutes when he suffered the cardiac arrest.

He was taken to the London Chest Hospital, in Bethnal Green, East London, and spent a month in intensive care.

Muamba later announced his retirement from football on medical grounds, and thanked the doctors that saved him, adding: 'I thank God that I am alive.'

Emotional return: Muamba thanks fans at the Reebok Stadium in May 2012

Emotional return: Muamba thanks fans at the Reebok Stadium in May 2012

The match was abandoned at 1-1.

BHF Medical Director Professor Peter Weissberg today said: 'We are grateful to Fabrice for allowing us to share his story in a hard-hitting campaign that highlights the potential devastation of heart disease.

'With the support of researchers and heart patients like Fabrice, the Fight For Every Heartbeat campaign centres on the transformational research that will combat heart disease.'

Leo Fernandes, a painter and decorator who had a heart attack at 46 and also features in the ad, said: 'The truth is heart disease affects everyone.'

Muamba – a dad of one – joined the Arsenal academy in 2002 before moving to Birmingham, then Bolton in 2008.

Keeping busy: Muamba is unveiled as the honourary starter of the BUPA Great Manchester Run this week

Keeping busy: Muamba is unveiled as the honourary starter of the BUPA Great Manchester Run this week

This is not the first time the BHF have used a professional footballer in their adverts in a bid to widen their appeal.

Footballer-turned actor Vinnie Jones famously demonstrated how to do life-saving CPR to the Bee Gees' tune Stayin' Alive.

The BHF today released new research about heart disease to coincide with the launch of the latest advert.

Their figures show people living in poor areas of Britain are 2.87 times more likely to suffer heart disease than those from wealthier areas.

Experts say this is likely to be because people living in these areas are more likely to smoke.

Capital One Cup final 2013: Fabrice Muamba to present trophy to Wembley winners

Guest of honour Muamba will hand Capital One Cup to winners at Wembley, almost a year after he suffered a heart attack

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10:08 GMT, 23 February 2013

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10:08 GMT, 23 February 2013

Fabrice Muamba will present the Capital One Cup to the winning captain in Sunday's Wembley final between Swansea and Bradford.

The retired 24-year-old will be the sponsor's guest of honour for the day and will also watch the game from the Royal Box, as well as being introduced to the squads before the game.

The former England Under-21 international was playing for Bolton in an FA Cup quarter-final against Tottenham last March when he suffered a cardiac arrest and collapsed.

Guest of honour: Fabrice Muamba will be in the Royal Box at Wembley to hand the trophy to the Capital One Cup winners

Guest of honour: Fabrice Muamba will be in the Royal Box at Wembley to hand the trophy to the Capital One Cup winners

The midfielder's heart stopped beating for 78 minutes but because of the prompt treatment he received on the pitch he defied the odds to survive and make an incredible recovery.

Although he hoped to resume his career, he was advised against it by doctors and retired from the sport in August.

Retired: Former Bolton star Muamba was forced to quit football after he suffered a heart attack on the pitch at Whit Hart Lane against Tottenham in the FA Cup last March

Retired: Former Bolton star Muamba was forced to quit football after he suffered a heart attack on the pitch at Whit Hart Lane against Tottenham in the FA Cup last March (below)

Retired: Former Bolton star Muamba was forced to quit football after he suffered a heart attack on the pitch at Whit Hart Lane against Tottenham in the FA Cup last March

Capital One will also be making a
donation to the Hearts and Goals campaign, which is involved with aiming
to raise awareness and give communities across the country access to
defibrillators, as well as CPR and defibrillator training.

Muamba, who is involved with the charity, said: 'It's been such an exciting tournament this year and it will be a great honour to be presenting the trophy to the winners. I know it will be a very special atmosphere on Sunday.'

Fabrice Muamba appears on Strictly Come Dancing Christmas special

Muamba shows no signs of slowing down after heart attack as former Bolton star appears on Strictly Christmas special

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09:57 GMT, 18 December 2012

A grinning Fabrice Muamba showed he still has some slick footwork as the former Bolton star, who was forced to retire from the game after a cardiac arrest stopped his heart for 78 minutes in March, appeared on Strictly Come Dancing.

The first pictures of the show’s pre-recorded Christmas special show the 24-year-old footballer swaying his hips and spinning his partner Aliona Vilani with carefree abandon.

Muamba retired from football in the summer after collapsing during an FA Cup match for Bolton Wanderers against Tottenham Hotspur.

Shaking it up: Aliona Vilani gets down with footballer Fabrice Muamba

Shaking it up: Aliona Vilani gets down with footballer Fabrice Muamba

Despite suffering a cardiac arrest nine months ago forcing him into retirement, the 24 year old shows no sign of slowing down

Despite suffering a cardiac arrest nine months ago forcing him into retirement, the 24 year old shows no sign of slowing down

In shocking scenes at White Hart Lane, Muamba was treated on the pitch before being taken to hospital.

His heart had stopped for well over an hour, but remarkably the former midfielder recovered and has since had a pacemaker fitted.

The former Arsenal player made an emotional return at the Reebok Stadium in May, when, 46 days after his collapse, he tearfully walked onto the pitch before Tottenham's clash with Bolton as fans of both clubs chanting his name.

Muamba also appeared on stage this weekend before Bradley Wiggins picked up the Sports Personality of the Year award at the ExCeL Arena in London.

He was met by Gary Lineker as well as close friends and family and medical staff who helped to save his life earlier this year.

Fabrice shows that his footballing footwork has other uses

Fabrice shows that his footballing footwork has other uses

He told the audience: 'I don't know where to start. All these people, they mean the world to me… Sometimes, when I think about it, life is great.

'They did an unbelievable job to keep me where I am and I am very grateful for that.'

Other contestants on the one-off BBC1 show – to be broadcast on Christmas Day – were just as enthusiastic as Muamba.

Actress Sheila Hancock, Natasha Kaplinsky, retired Olympic hurdler Colin Jackson will also appear on the show, with veteran rocker Rod Stewart serenading them as they go.

Shock: Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane, as manager Owen Coyle joined players on the field of play

Shock: Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane, as manager Owen Coyle joined players on the field of play

Shock: Muamba collapsed on the pitch at White Hart Lane, as manager Owen Coyle joined players on the field of play

Overwhelming: Muamba made a tearful return to the Reebok Stadium

Overwhelming: Muamba made a tearful return to the Reebok Stadium

Fabrice Muamba: I have come to terms with the fact that I will never play professional football again

I have come to terms with the fact that I will never kick a ball again, admits Muamba

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14:09 GMT, 3 November 2012

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UPDATED:

14:11 GMT, 3 November 2012

Fabrice Muamba says he has come to terms with the fact that he will never play professional football again.

Muamba earned plaudits from leading figures within the game for his determination to return to action following an on-pitch cardiac arrest in Bolton's FA Cup tie at Tottenham in March.

The 24-year-old had a pacemaker fitted to help ease the pressure on his heart, but he retired in August upon doctors' advice.

Reality: Fabrice Muamba

Harsh reality: Fabrice Muamba

Muamba admits quitting the game was hard, but the former Bolton man, who has gained huge notoriety since his collapse, concedes he has accepted the fact that he will never kick a ball in anger again.

'I've already adjusted myself to the idea that I'm never going to be able to kick a ball again but life brings different challenges,' Muamba told the BBC's Football Focus.

'When I first came to the country football was the only thing I ever knew.

'I'm sure I'm not the only professional who won't be playing football for a very long time who has to adjust in their life after football.

'You just have be able to make sure you enjoy the game but you also have to able to accept the fact your time is up and move forward to a different direction.'

Muamba, who is originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo but represented England's Under 21 side 33 times, spent a month in London's Chest Hospital after being rushed there immediately after collapsing on the turf off the ball at Spurs' north London home.

The pacemaker, and the treatment he received at the hospital, have enabled him to make a good recovery.

'I still have a bit of damage on my left ventricle but I'm getting better every single day,' Muamba said.

'The pacemaker now and again kicks in just to make sure the heart rate for me is normal and hopefully it gets better every single day.'

International honours: Muamba won 33 England Under 21 caps

International honours: Muamba won 33 England Under 21 caps

Since he retired Muamba has flown across the world in his attempt to publicise heart problems in young men.

He has also got married and has written an autobiography, which is out next week.

His collapse caused an outpouring of sympathy from leading figures within the game and he is grateful for all the support he has received since that day in March.

'I'm just grateful for all the professional people that have come up against me have supported me,' Muamba said.

'It just shows when football gets together you can produce this sort of response.'

Manchester United to build 25m Carrington medical centre to prevent injury woes

United believe 25m state-of-the-art Carrington medical centre will prevent injury woes

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21:30 GMT, 18 October 2012

Manchester United believe that a new
25million state-of-the-art medical facility at Carrington will stop
them being the most injury-prone team in the Premier League.

Sportsmail
revealed recently that United suffered more injuries last season than
any other top-flight club, and Sir Alex Ferguson's team have been hit
again this season with Nemanja Vidic, Ashley Young and Phil Jones still
out of action.

Not again: Nemanja Vidic was ruled out for two months with a knee injury

Not again: Nemanja Vidic was ruled out for two months with a knee injury

But United claim that what has been
described as the best club medical centre in world football will detect
soft tissue injuries before they even happen as well as provide regular
heart screening that could prevent more serious problems like Fabrice
Muamba's cardiac arrest last season.

A 13m refurbishment of Carrington is
almost complete and United yesterday announced a five-year deal with
Toshiba Medical Systems that will see the Japanese company provide
equipment worth 12m.

'I think they built the pyramids
quicker!' joked Ferguson yesterday. 'But we're getting there and this
partnership with Toshiba will add to it with their medical systems
bringing a new dimension to sports science and medical treatment for our
players.

'This fantastic partnership will put
us above most clubs in the world. But it is not just the supply of their
medical systems, we're also sharing the experiences together and the
new ideas to come out of it. We already have a fantastic medical staff
and they will relish the challenge of working with Toshiba.

Stuttering: Rio Ferdinand's recent years have been hampered with niggles

Stuttering: Rio Ferdinand's recent years have been hampered with niggles

Familiar sight: Tom Cleverley spent much of last season on the treatment table

Familiar sight: Tom Cleverley spent much of last season on the treatment table

'Sometimes maybe the supporters don't
see that. But we'll see the benefits and the players will appreciate it.
This is fantastic progress.

'We made a couple of signings this
summer but this is a big signing – probably the most important step
forward this club has taken in a long, long time.' The new facility will
enable United to conduct medicals for new signings on site as well as
draw a veil of secrecy over their players' injuries.

Him too: Phil Jones (centre) has yet to play in United's team this season

Him too: Phil Jones (centre) has yet to play in United's team this season

Fabrice Muamba devastated after Owen Coyle sacked by Bolton

Muamba devastated after Coyle exits Bolton and urges successor to deliver promotion

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12:35 GMT, 10 October 2012

Former Bolton midfielder Fabrice Muamba has said he was 'devastated' to see Owen Coyle lose his job and believes whoever replaces him has to get the club promoted back to the Premier League.

The Trotters have struggled since relegation to the second tier and lie 18th after collecting a mere 11 points from 10 matches.

Such form saw Coyle sacked after nearly three years at the Reebok Stadium helm – a move Muamba was sad to see.

Sad times: Muamba has revealed his disappointment at Coyle's exit

Sad times: Muamba has revealed his disappointment at Coyle's exit

The midfielder was forced to retire from football after suffering a cardiac arrest while playing for Bolton in March, with Coyle praised for his support in the aftermath.

Doctors revealed that the 24-year-old's heart had stopped beating for 78 minutes, but he was eventually stabilised and went on to make a recovery which some described as 'miraculous'.

'Owen was very supportive to me and I am grateful for that,' Muamba said.

'If you look at the start of the season, the guys have not been playing particularly well and the results have not been up to the standards we thought with the players we've got in the team.

'I was obviously devastated to see he was going but I am sure the club and the chairman will bring someone in to get promoted because we need to get promoted.

'In football you make changes and sometimes that's good, sometimes it's bad. We just have to wait and see how the club react.

Life saver: Coyle was there for Muamba when he came close to losing his life last March

Life saver: Coyle was there for Muamba when he came close to losing his life last March

'Football is results game and you get paid and picked if you play well. If you don't, you get out the team. For players it is the same as a manager. You stay in the job as long as the boys are performing for the team.

'I can understand exactly where the club came from, but at the end of the day he did a great job for the club and I am grateful to him.'

Muamba was speaking at the Leaders in Football conference at Stamford Bridge, where he was presented with a Brazil shirt by Ronaldo.

He was coy when asked about his own future in the game and is just enjoying some time off.

'I have just been enjoying life, spending time with my family,' Muamba said.
'I am writing a book at the moment, which will hopefully be out in November.

'I have been travelling as well but I never watch much football because I get really frustrated. As a professional, you get frustrated not being involved.

'I have been spending time with family, friends and catching up with a lot of people. Doing things I wasn't able to do when I was playing. I have time to do it now.'

Asked about moving into management, he said: 'Regarding coaching, I'm too impatient. I would like to be involved in football in some shape or form.'

Fabrice Muamba career over but Bolton offer him job

'Devastated' Muamba quits five months after heart attack, but there will be a job at Bolton

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UPDATED:

19:27 GMT, 15 August 2012

Fantasy football 2012

Bolton will offer Fabrice Muamba the chance to stay at the club in a new role after the midfielder was forced to quit playing, five months after suffering a near-fatal heart attack on the pitch.

The decision was made after Muamba went to see leading cardiologist Pedro Brugada in Belgium last week. Although the routine clean-up operation went well, the 24-year-old was given the ‘devastating news’ that he would not be able to make a comeback.

Miracle recovery: Bolton's Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack in March

Miracle recovery: Bolton's Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack in March

Back at Bolton: Muamba (centre) at a club 'family fun day' last Sunday

Back at Bolton: Muamba (centre) at a club 'family fun day' last Sunday

Torchbearer: Muamba carried the Olympic Flame through Waltham Forest

Torchbearer: Muamba carried the Olympic Flame through Waltham Forest

Bolton immediately offered Muamba
their full support and will let him choose between a variety of
opportunities. They are expected to range from club ambassador to a role
in their education or community departments, although it is not yet
clear whether his health will enable him to coach in future.

The club are anxious to give Muamba
as much time as he needs, however, and he is under no pressure to work,
with early retirement cushioned by a substantial insurance payout and
his own prudent financial planning.

Fateful day: Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March

Fateful day: Muamba suffered a cardiac arrest on the pitch at White Hart Lane in March

Helpless: Bolton and Spurs players, and Wanderers boss Owen Coyle (centre), watched the terrifying scenes unfold

Helpless: Bolton and Spurs players, and Wanderers boss Owen Coyle (centre), watched the terrifying scenes unfold

Muamba's statement in full

'Since suffering my heart attack and being discharged from hospital, I have remained utterly positive in the belief I could one day resume my playing career and play for Bolton Wanderers once again.

'As part of my on-going recovery, last week I travelled to Belgium to seek further medical advice from a leading cardiologist.

'But the news I received was obviously not what I had hoped it would be and it means I am now announcing my retirement from professional football.

'Football has been my life since I was a teenage boy and it has given me so many opportunities.

'Above all else, I love the game and count myself very lucky to have been able to play at the highest level.

'While the news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for. I thank God that I am alive and I pay tribute once again to the members of the medical team who never gave up on me.

'I would also like to thank everyone who has supported me throughout my career, and the Bolton fans who have been incredible.

'I am blessed to have the support of my family and friends at this time.'

Bolton manager Owen Coyle said: ‘We
have spoken with Fab and he knows we will always support him in whatever
he wants to do and that we will always be here for him.

'We know that he
will go on to achieve great things and within all this disappointment,
the most important thing is that he is here, alive, today.’

The former England Under 21
international has remained open-minded about the possibility of playing
again since he went into cardiac arrest on the pitch at White Hart Lane
in March and was effectively dead for 78 minutes.

A devout Christian, Muamba has always maintained that his future as a player lay in God’s hands and he would accept the outcome.

In a statement, he said: ‘While the
news is devastating, I have much to be thankful for. I thank God that I
am alive and I pay tribute once again to the members of the medical team
who never gave up on me.

‘Football has been my life since I
was a teenage boy and it has given me so many opportunities. Above all
else, I love the game and count myself very lucky to have been able to
play at the highest level.’

Muamba, who needed 15 defibrillator
shocks to restart his heart following the incident on March 17, made a
miraculous recovery at the London Chest Hospital and was discharged a
month later.

Tributes: Hundreds of get-well messages were left for Muamba at Bolton's Reebok Stadium while he was in hospital

Tributes: Hundreds of get-well messages were left for Muamba at Bolton's Reebok Stadium while he was in hospital

Rallying round: The football world united to send Muamba a get-well-soon message to the stricken Muamba

Rallying round: The football world united to send Muamba a get-well-soon message to the stricken Muamba

Thank you: Muamba with cardiologist Dr Andrew Deaner (left) and consultant cardiologist Dr Sam Mohiddin, the doctors who saved his life following his heart attack

Thank you: Muamba with cardiologist Dr Andrew Deaner (left) and consultant cardiologist Dr Sam Mohiddin, the doctors who saved his life following his heart attack

He had a special defibrillator
pacemaker fitted in case the problem recurred but Dr Leonard Shapiro,
cardiology consultant to the FA, admitted that the risk of him playing
again was too great.

Bolton midfielder Stuart Holden paid
tribute to his team-mate on Twitter, writing: ‘Sad to hear my partner
@fmuamba has to retire from football. U r an inspiration to so many bro
and will be in whatever u choose to do #hero’

Not a dry eye in the house: Muamba made an emotional return to the Reebok Stadium in May

Not a dry eye in the house: Muamba made an emotional return to the Reebok Stadium in May

Not a dry eye in the house: Muamba made an emotional return to the Reebok Stadium in May

Not a dry eye in the house: Muamba made an emotional return to the Reebok Stadium in May

Miracle man: Muamba with his fiancee Shauna after his stunning recovery

Miracle man: Muamba with his fiancee Shauna after his stunning recovery

And Muamba’s partner Shauna tweeted her appreciation to all the well-wishers who have helped him throughout the recovery.

She wrote: ‘Thanks for all the support. We’re looking forward to whatever the future holds.’

All smiles: Muamba received an Honorary Degree from Bolton University

All smiles: Muamba received an Honorary Degree from Bolton University

Fabrice Muamba: From Kinshasa to the Premier League

1988: Born April 6 in Kinshasa, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo).

1999: Moves to England at the age of 11, reuniting with his father who had earlier sought political asylum in the country due to civil war in his homeland.

2002: Joins the youth team set-up at Arsenal – the club he supported as a boy in his homeland – before graduating to their Academy two years later.

2005: Signs professional terms at Arsenal and makes the first of two first-team appearances for the club – both in the League Cup – against Sunderland on October 25.

2006: August – Joins Birmingham on a season-long loan and goes on to make 36 appearances on his way to winning the club's young player of the year award.

2007: May 11 – Makes his move to Birmingham permanent after the club agrees a reported 4million fee with Arsenal.

August 21 – After representing England at every age level from Under-16s, Muamba is handed his England Under-21 debut in a friendly against Romania.

2008: June – Scores two goals in 37 league appearances in the 2007/08 season but cannot prevent Birmingham's relegation.

August 7 – Signs for Bolton after the Trotters agree a fee in excess of 5million with Birmingham for the midfielder.

2010: August 10 – Signs a new four-year contract at Bolton, committing him to the club until 2014.

2011: June – Represents England Under-21s at the European Championships in Denmark.
August 13 – Scores his third league goal for Bolton in his side's season-opening 4-0 demolition of QPR.

2012: March 17 – Muamba collapses in the 41st minute of Bolton's FA Cup tie with Tottenham at White Hart Line. He receives emergency treatment on the pitch and the match is subsequently abandoned. Bolton later confirm that Muamba is “critically ill” in intensive care at the London Chest Hospital.

March 19 – A Barts and the London NHS Trust statement confirms Muamba is showing signs of improvement and his heart is beating without the aid of medication. Bolton later announce Muamba has been able to recognise family members and respond to questions.

March 30 – Further signs of Muamba's improvement come when he is pictured for the first time since collapsing. In a message posted on Twitter by his girlfriend Shauna, Muamba is shown sitting up in his hospital bed and smiling.

April 16 – Muamba is discharged from the London Chest Hospital.

May 2 – Returns to the Reebok Stadium for the first time since his cardiac arrest. Enters the field to a standing ovation as he is introduced ahead of Wanderers' Premier League game against Tottenham and is overcome with emotion as he acknowledges the applause from all sides of the ground.

August 15 – Announces his retirement from football on medical advice.

Fabrice Muamba told career is over after heart attack

Muamba's career is over as Bolton midfielder quits after advice from heart doctor

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UPDATED:

12:54 GMT, 15 August 2012

Fabrice Muamba has retired from professional football after being told by doctors he has no hope of resurrecting his playing career.

The Bolton midfielder 'died' for 78 minutes on the pitch at White Hart Lane after suffering a cardiac arrest during an FA Cup match in March this year.

More to follow.

Miracle recovery: Bolton's Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack in March

Miracle recovery: Bolton's Fabrice Muamba suffered a heart attack in March

Bradford centre Adrian Purtell had heart attack on team coach

Bradford centre Purtell had heart attack on coach home from Leeds clash

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UPDATED:

09:43 GMT, 29 May 2012

Australian centre Adrian Purtell suffered a heart attack following Bradford's Magic Weekend game against Leeds on Sunday.

Purtell, 27, complained of feeling unwell after the game at Manchester's Etihad Stadium and received treatment from the club's medical staff on the team bus on the journey home.

Concern: Adrian Purtell (centre) felt unwell after the game

Concern: Adrian Purtell (centre) felt unwell after the game

He was taken to Leeds General Infirmary where he underwent surgery and is expected to remain in hospital for the rest of the week.

Bradford football manager Stuart Duffy said: 'Adrian had an immediate primary angioplasty to remove the blockage in his artery but both the club and the player wish to point out that at no time did he suffer a cardiac arrest.

'His heart did not stop beating and he was conscious throughout the journey to hospital.

'Adrian is feeling much better today but will remain in hospital for the next few days for further tests.'

Feeling better: but Purtell will stay in hospital

Feeling better: but Purtell will stay in hospital

The Bulls revealed on Monday morning that Australian Purtell, 27, had been transferred to Leeds General Infirmary after initially been admitted to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.

A club statement read: ‘Purtell began to feel unwell following the game and the Bulls bus stopped twice for the doctor to initiate medical proceedings including the fitting of a drip.’

Bulls football manager Stuart Duffy, who was on the team bus, added: ‘Adrian’s condition was giving cause for concern and the club doctor, Donald Young, advised that he should be taken to hospital immediately.

‘The bus went to Huddersfield Royal Infirmary where Adrian was detained and he was later transferred to the Leeds General Infirmary where he spent the night.'

The Bulls went down 37-22 to their West Yorkshire rivals in a draining encounter played in blistering heat at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium.

The result left Bradford in ninth place in the Stobart Super League.

Purtell started out at the Canberra Raiders in the NRL in 2006 but missed a large chunk of the following season due to deep vein thrombosis.

He moved on to the Penrith Panthers in 2010 and subsequently joined the Bulls at the start of this season.

Fabrice Muamba is back in the gym

Muamba back on comeback trail after Bolton heart attack victim returns to gym

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07:48 GMT, 24 May 2012

Fabrice Muamba is back in the gym as he continues his recovery from cardiac arrest.

The Bolton midfielder was clinically 'dead' for 78 minutes after collapsing during an FA Cup tie against Tottenham in March.

But on Wednesday his fiancee Shauna Magunda tweeted: 'Just finished training with @fmuamba (Muamba's Twitter name) in the gym. Good I'm too old for this lmao'.

Wave: Fabrice Muamba acknowledges the crowd at the FA Cup Final

Wave: Fabrice Muamba acknowledges the crowd at the FA Cup Final

Tweet: Shauna told us about Fabrice's return to the gym

Tweet: Shauna told us about Fabrice's return to the gym

The former England Under 21 international was rushed to the London Chest Hospital where he spent a month recouperating.

Afer being released, Bolton boss Owen Coyle talked about his hope that the 24-year-old could get back on the road to recovery, and perhaps even play top level football again.

Coyle said: ‘You cannot rule anything out considering where Fabrice has come from in such a short space of time.

Emotional: Muamba made a return to the Reebok Stadium for the Premier League game against Tottenham

Emotional: Muamba made a return to the Reebok Stadium for the Premier League game against Tottenham

‘He came from the Congo, he’s had to fight and scratch all his life. I think that is a fantastic trait to have and it will stand him in good stead.

Muamba was fitted with a defibrillator under his collar bone, to protect him during the recovery process.

His cardiologist Dr Sam Mohiddin said: 'What has happened may happen again and, therefore, if there's any risk you want a safety net.'